Rachel Currea is a Miami based composer, pianist, conductor, and recording
artist of solo piano and sacred vocal music. She has performed her original
works in the Middle East, Moscow, the Caribbean to sold out concert halls. She
served as a faculty member at The National Music Conservatory, Amman Jordan
(1992), and is a sought after performance coach and clinician. Her sacred music
has won awards and her piano solo album, Walking to You, was nominated for Best
Solo Piano Album, 2017. She has a M.M from the University of Miami and her
music is widely heard on Pandora Internet Radio and Spotify.
Kathryn Kelly Longo is the Director of Choral Studies at Florida International University where she conducts the Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting courses. Under her leadership, the FIU Concert Choir has been invited to perform in prestigious venues, most recently with the National Symphony of Cuba in Havana. Since moving to Miami in 2011, Dr. Longo has worked as a clinician in many South Florida schools and conducted honor choirs in Broward and Collier counties as well as around the country. Dr. Longo holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami, a masters degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, and dual Bachelors degrees in Music and Music Education from the University of Connecticut. She found her voice at a young age, singing and improvising harmonies with her two sisters and she began her formal musical training as a junior chorister at Trinity Church in Newport, RI.
Donald Oglesby, the American choral conductor and music pedagogue, received degrees from Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Illinois, and Indiana University. An original founder and Artistic Director of the Miami Bach Society, Oglesby is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he taught Choral Music for 39 years and established and directed its Bachelor of Arts in Music program. He founded and directs the Miami Collegium Musicum, Miami’s community chamber choir. He has worked with four church music programs in Miami. He has been president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. In December 1989 his performance of Handel’s Messiah was broadcast nationally on Christmas Day. Choirs under Oglesby’s direction have toured the eastern USA, Great Britain, and Europe. Dr. Oglesby served on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal and the Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors' Association. He is the author of the Bach Cantata Database; Score Preparation: A Study Guide for Conducting Students; A Guide to the Bach Cantatas; and articles in the Choral Journal. He has worked at the Center for Baroque Music in Versailles, France, and he translated editorial notes for an edition of grand motets by Rameau, published by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in 2006. He is currently working on Miami’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.